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Financial Risk Management (MSc)

Course Description

In the wake of the recent financial crises, a better understanding, and application, of financial risk management will play an extremely important role in the financial sector in the years to come.

The MSc Financial Risk Management has been designed to meet the demand from the financial sector for individuals with expertise in this field. The programme is demanding and challenging. Its intention is to equip you with the broad range of statistical and mathematical tools needed to tackle practical real-world problems in financial risk management.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have the expertise to:

Identify and manage the major sources of risk in the financial markets.
Understand the role of financial derivative products, their use (and misuse) and how they are priced.
Analyse financial data and specifically build risk models, detect trends in data, test a given hypothesis and forecast future values.
Build an investment portfolio (of risky assets) and carefully monitor its performance through time.

Visit the Financial Risk Management (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The usual requirement is a first-class or good second-class degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university, or an overseas university qualification of an equivalent standard, in a quantitative subject, such as mathematics, physics, statistics, economics or engineering. Alternatively, a merit or higher in our MSc Finance or our MSc Financial Engineering. Work experience will be taken into account in assessing applications. Our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 11950 pa

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